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Workshop on “Home Based Employment for Women Engineers – A Panel Discussion was held on Saturday the 14 November, 2015 at IEP Convention Center, 5th Floor, IEP Building, Karachi.
The event started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Engr. Sadia Muniza Faraz followed by national anthem.
Children of Women Engineers were also invited in this event as they are most important for a family unit and more so for working women. The Women Engineers took the opportunity to sensitize the participants about the Universal Children’s Day that is commemorated world over on 20th November each year.
Engr. Nooruddin Ahmed, Chairman TTC IEP gave an overview of the IEP and its various centers in Pakistan as the President IEP, Chairman IEP, Karachi Centre were out of town and Secretary IEP, Karachi was committed in another official assignment.
Engr. Nooruddin Ahmed appreciated the efforts put up by the IEP office bearers and members of the organizing committee particularly the Women Engineers Committee. He expressed hope that IEP Karachi Centre, will continue to identify the problems being faced by citizens and find practical solutions and prepare recommendations to be sent to the concerned quarters for implementation. He reassured that IEP will continue to organize Seminar/Workshops/Panel Discussion on mega issues.
He invited the participants to the Think Tank Committee held on regular basis every Sunday where the participants discuss mega issues faced by the nation and deliberate on their solutions. He invited women engineers to become proactive and attend the Think Tank Committee Meeting to share pertinent issues that can be discussed from the IEP platform and send to concerned quarters for implementation.
Engr. Asfia Aleem, First Lady Engineer of Pakistan and Convener, IEP Women Engineers Committee gave a comprehensive introduction to the topic of the panel discussion.
Ms. Javeria Faraz a student spoke about the Universal Children’s Day highlighting the right of every child towards health, nutrition, education, security and a healthy environment.
The format of the Panel Discussion on Home Based Employment for Women Engineers was introduced by Engr. Rukhsana Rahooja, Member WEC. She moderated the Panel Discussion that included panel speakers who spoke on various issues relevant to the topic.
Engr. Subuhe Liaquat narrated her experience of working as a Home Based Engineer in the field of telecommunication engineering. She highlighted the significance of social networking with peers for bringing about professional improvement on continuous basis.
Engr. Bushra Nadeem Mufti, another prominent member of the WEC and an entrepreneur in the field of construction engineering spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of home based employment for engineers.
In continuation to the same, another Member of the WEC and an independent consultant, Engr. Sadaf Fatima highlighted the home based employment from the employers prospective and stressed on the need for home based employees to stay in touch with the employers by fixing timings for various activities viz. site visits, progress of work and etc.
Engr. S.M Pervez Sadiq, Vice Chairman Industrial Division IEP Karachi Centre spoke about part time teaching as another form of home based employment and stressed the need to sell ones skills to the academia that are invariably looking for faculty specialized in emerging or innovative engineering subjects. He suggested that engineers having extensive on hands experiences in the industry can switch over to part time faculty by teaching subjects based on practical experiences and enjoy the status of home based employment too.
Engr. Beena Riaz, Member WEC and an employee of K-Electric gave lucid tips on preparing a CV in general, with more emphasis to those seeking home based employment. Her presentation highlighted the 9 most important parameters that should be included in a CV and stressed the employees to refrain from filling up endless pages of details that are likely to distract the attention of the employer and emphasized on grammatical sequences.
Engr. Dr. Shagufta Ishtiaq, Member WEC spoke about her personal successful experiences of home based tuition and vocational center.
Ms. Tasneem Asghar Ali a biomedical herbalist shared her successful entrepreneurial activities that revolved around her specialization in herbal medicines.
Ms. Fareeha Mufti, a free lance journalist highlighted the need for institutional support at the government level to regulate financial transactions between employers and home based employees to safeguard their rights and provide legal cover against exploitation by employers.
A lively question answer session was followed after the presentations and the panel speakers responded well to all the questions and comments raised by the participants.
Concluding remarks were given by Engr. Nooruddin Ahmed who congratulated the organizers for holding a seminar of technical relevance and appreciated the response during the Q&A session. He acknowledged the outstanding achievements of Engr. Asfia Aleem convener of the Women Engineers Committee and also praised the efforts of the members of women engineers committee for organizing the event of its kind held at the IEP, reflecting the dedication of the women engineers organizing committee.
The announcements during the entire programme were conducted by Engr. Shehla Andleeb.
In the end Shields were presented by Engr. Nooruddin Ahmed and Engr. Asfia Aleem to all panel speakers and members organizing committee.
The event formally came to an end with the vote of thanks by Engr. Shehla Andleeb and later followed by lunch.
1- More than 70 delegates were registered from various organizations/Universities including members of the Local Council and members of the Think Tank Committee.
2- The Seminar carried 0.5 CPD points. (Subject to the approval of PEC).
3- The daily Tribune has covered the event and published in issue of Sunday the 15th November, 2015.
The Workshop was a success and well attended.
For further information please Contact:
Engr. Ayaz Mirza, FIE (Pak)
IEP Karachi Centre